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     March 2006

Déjà Vu: Art and Design Faculty Show in DUMBO, Brooklyn
Special Viewing: A Perfect Fit: The Garment Industry and American Jewry 1860-1960
OSHA Ten-Hour General Industry Outreach Training
Museum Talk and Tour: Modern Master: Lucien Lelong Couturier 1918-1948
Parenting Support Group: Easing the Way
Heart of the Congo Screening
Elder Care Support Group
Faculty Senate Meeting
Talking Trade @ FIT: International Counterfeiting Issues
Step Into Spring!: Employee Wellness Program Seminar
Author Wendy Straker Reading and Book Signing
PESH/OSHA Annual Mandatory Right-to-Know Training
Getting to Aha! Teaching Creativity at SUNY
Lecture: The Lelong Women Who Made Fashion
Kimora Lee Simmons Reading and Book Signing
Modern Master: Lucien Lelong Couturier 1918-1948
Textiles from the Garden of Eden
Interface: Prints by FIT Students, Faculty, and Staff

New Website for Icon Magazine
New Gladys Marcus Library Resource, and New Library Display in Marvin Feldman Center
Professor Chosen as Frangrance Award Judge
Valerie Steele Presents Paper at South African Conference
FIT in the Society Pages
Foreign Languages Professor Hosts Latin American Poetry Reading
Fine Arts Professor's Solo Show
Museum at FIT Employee Exhibits in Group Shows

Staff Development Program, 2006
Stairway to the Stars: FIT Reward and Recognition Program
Collective Bargaining Agreement Online
New WEI Workshops, March 2006
Employee Wellness Program Spring 2006 Exercise Classes

EVENTS

DÉJÀ VU: ART AND DESIGN FACULTY SHOW IN DUMBO, BROOKLYN
Through March 4
Gallery 230, 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn
The annual exhibition of artwork by School of Art and Design faculty, Déjà Vu includes paintings, collages, sculpture, prints, videos, and digital work. More than 35 works by 17 faculty members will be on view. This year’s show is curated by Faye Hirsch, senior editor of Art in America. Gallery hours are 11 am – 5 pm.

SPECIAL VIEWING: A PERFECT FIT: THE GARMENT INDUSTRY AND AMERICAN JEWRY 1860-1960
March 8, 6 pm
Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16 Street, New York City
This special viewing will be hosted by exhibition curator Gabriel Goldstein. A Perfect Fit illustrates the impact and influence of American Jewry on the world of fashion via technology, industry, labor, immigration, and popular culture. The Museum at FIT has loaned more than thirty items for the exhibition. Admission is free. For more information or to register, contact the Yeshiva University Museum, 212 294.8330, ext. 8819.

OSHA TEN-HOUR GENERAL INDUSTRY OUTREACH TRAINING
March 9, 16, and 23, 12 – 2 pm
Room A803
Presented by Joseph Arcoleo, director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), this optional Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training is for FIT personnel who use power equipment, hand tools, or hazardous chemicals, or who supervise employees in such circumstances. For complete information, visit the EHS page on InsideFIT here. To register for one or all of the sessions, contact L. Jean West, EHS, 77142, louella_west@fitnyc.edu.

MUSEUM TALK AND TOUR: MODERN MASTER: LUCIEN LELONG COUTURIER
1918-1948

March 13, 6 – 7 pm
The Museum at FIT
A guided tour of the current Museum at FIT exhibition, highlighting the Lucien Lelong style and the couturier’s merging of design creativity with business innovation. The curators for Modern Master are Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA candidates, who will conduct all related programming. This event is $10 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP: EASING THE WAY
March 14, 12 – 1 pm or 1 – 2 pm
Room DC35
Whether children are facing a move or a first day at school, they often need help to make effective transitions. Join Regina Schoen, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor, to discuss how to ease adjustments at any age. For more information, contact the EAP office, 77167.

HEART OF THE CONGO SCREENING
March 14, 6 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
The College-wide Committee on Diversity is hosting a screening of Tom Weidlinger’s Heart of the Congo, a documentary on Congolese and European aid workers’ struggles to dig much-needed water wells in a war-torn rural Congolese village. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Jo Ann Paganetti, adjunct assistant professor of Advertising and Marketing Communications, 78469, joann_paganetti@fitnyc.edu.

ELDER CARE SUPPORT GROUP
March 16, 1 – 2 pm
Room DC35
The EAP Elder Care Support Group is for individuals caring for, or anticipating caring for, an elderly relative, parent, or friend. Meetings address such topics as coping with emotional burdens, and locating available resources and support. For more information, contact Robin Zarel, EAP coordinator, 77167.

FACULTY SENATE MEETING
March 16, 1 – 2 pm
Dining Room Alcove, David Dubinsky Student Center, 8th floor
All faculty are invited to attend Faculty Senate meetings, held on a monthly basis per semester. For more information, contact Esther Oliveras, acting coordinator of Faculty Services, 77793, esther_oliveras@fitnyc.edu.

TALKING TRADE @ FIT: INTERNATIONAL COUNTERFEITING ISSUES
March 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The latest in a guest lecture series presented by International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries (ITM), Dawn Buonacore-Atlas, vice president of enforcement, Calvin Klein, will moderate a panel discussion on the financial and marketing impact of counterfeiting on the international fashion industry. Participants include Tarz F. Palomba, vice president, legal, Tiffany & Co.; David Althoff, counsel, Kate Spade LLC; and Barbara Kolsun, senior vice president and general counsel, Seven For All Mankind LLC. For more information, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/itm, or contact Christine Pomeranz, ITM, 73323, christine_pomeranz@fitnyc.edu.

STEP INTO SPRING!: EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM SEMINAR
March 21, 12 – 1 pm or 1 – 2 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
The Employee Wellness Program invites all FIT faculty and staff to its lunchtime seminar, Step Into Spring! Footcare expert Dr. Suzanne Levine will discuss how to keep feet healthy and comfortable at any age, and will share tips for starting a personal walking program to stay fit. Participants will receive gift bags filled with wellness and foot care products. Registration deadline is March 10; forms have been distributed via interoffice mail, and are to be faxed to Human Resources, 75257, or mailed to Bonnie Born, Benefits, 236 West 27 Street, 11th floor. For more information, visit InsideFIT here.

AUTHOR WENDY STRAKER READING AND BOOK SIGNING
March 23, 5 pm
Barnes & Noble at FIT
Wendy Straker, author of Sexy Jobs in the City, will read from and sign copies of her new book, Men at Work: A Job-by-Job Search for Mr. Right. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Carla Oliver Bowens, assistant manager, Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

PESH/OSHA ANNUAL MANDATORY RIGHT-TO-KNOW TRAINING
March 27, 28, 29, and 31, 10 am – 12 pm
March 30, 9 – 11 am, 12 – 2 pm, 3 – 5 pm

Marvin Feldman Center, Board Room, 9th floor
The Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH)/OSHA Annual Mandatory Training is for FIT employees who use or supervise the use of hazardous chemicals, or who have occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. For complete information, visit the EHS page on InsideFIT here. Pre-registration is due by March 23; to register, contact L. Jean West, EHS, 77142, louella_west@fitnyc.edu.

GETTING TO AHA! TEACHING CREATIVITY AT SUNY
March 31, 8 am
John E. Reeves Great Hall
FIT hosts this SUNY faculty conference, presenting strategies for enhancing student creativity through panel discussions, workshops, and demonstrations. Getting to Aha! will feature Gerard Puccio, director of Buffalo State’s International Center for Studies in Creativity; Susan Besemer, a specialist in creative product analysis; and a hands-on workshop led by faculty from the International Center for Studies in Creativity. Registration is free for FIT faculty and staff; deadline is March 17. For more information or to register, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/aha, or contact conference director Amy Lemmon, assistant professor of English and Speech, amy_lemmon@fitnyc.edu.

LECTURE: THE LELONG WOMEN WHO MADE FASHION
March 31, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Conference Center at FIT, Seminar Room 9, lower level
Vogue editor Bettina Ballard remembered Princess “Baba” de Faucigny-Lucinge, Marie-Laure de Noailles, and Princess Natalie Paley as “the women who made fashion” in Paris during the 1930s. All three were clients of Lucien Lelong, and Princess Paley was the couturier’s wife. This illustrated lecture will examine these and other influential Lelong clients, such as Marlene Dietrich and Mrs. Cole Porter, and discuss the development of the Lelong image. The exhibition Modern Master: Lucien Lelong, Couturier 1918-1948 was curated by Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice MA candidates, who will also conduct all related programming. This event is $15 for the general public; FIT students, faculty, and staff may attend for free. For more information, contact the Center for Professional Studies, 77715, prof_studies@fitnyc.edu.

KIMORA LEE SIMMONS READING AND BOOK SIGNING
April 4, 7 pm
John E. Reeves Great Hall
Kimora Lee Simmons, president and creative director of Baby Phat, model, and self-proclaimed First Lady of Hip-Hop, will be discussing and signing copies of her new book, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Carla Oliver Bowens, assistant manager, Barnes & Noble at FIT, 77717.

MODERN MASTER: LUCIEN LELONG COUTURIER 1918–1948
Through April 15
The Museum at FIT
This exhibition—curated and organized by graduate students in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice—is the first to examine the multifaceted career of Parisian couturier Lucien Lelong. Examples of his sportswear, daywear, and evening attire, drawn from The Museum at FIT and private collections, and archival materials from the Gladys Marcus Library’s Special Collections, illustrate Lelong’s contribution to the history of fashion. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

TEXTILES FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Through April 22
The Museum at FIT
Textiles from the Garden of Eden features approximately 65 textile images of flowers and plants, whether identifiable, abstracted, familiar, exotic, or fanciful. This exhibition is organized by Lynn Felsher, curator of textiles, The Museum at FIT, and made possible in part through the generosity of Elle magazine and Redken. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum.

INTERFACE: PRINTS BY FIT STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
Through May 4
Café 27, 250 West 27 Street, New York City
A selection of printmaking work by FIT students, faculty, and staff, Interface is co-sponsored by the Urban Studio and FIT Student Association. For more information, contact Fine Arts, 78839.


NEWS

NEW WEBSITE FOR ICON MAGAZINE
Icon, an annually-published magazine serving as a creative showcase for FIT students, has a new website, www.fiticonmagazine.com, created by students Isaac Lee and Kosta Krajcevk, Communication Design, and San Charoenchai, Computer Animation and Interactive Media. For more information, contact Ron Basca, Icon advisor and assistant professor and assistant chair, Communication Design, Advertising Design, ronald_basca@fitnyc.edu.

NEW GLADYS MARCUS LIBRARY RESOURCE, AND NEW LIBRARY DISPLAY IN MARVIN FELDMAN CENTER
The Gladys Marcus Library has added a new selection to its online resources, www.clipart.com, which features over six million images, photos, backgrounds, buttons, icons, fonts, and sounds that can be used in the creation of websites, newsletters, advertisements, brochures, and more. The library also now has a display case, featuring a rotating selection of the library’s materials and resources, in the Marvin Feldman Center (C building) lobby.

PROFESSOR CHOSEN AS FRAGRANCE AWARD JUDGE
Stephen Kanlian, assistant professor and associate chair, MPS in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, was selected by the Fragrance Foundation to serve as a judge for the Fifis, the annual awards for excellence in marketing, advertising, packaging design, editorial writing, and technological advancements in the fragrance industry. Professor Kanlian judged four categories: editorial excellence (men’s, women’s, and short feature), and technological breakthrough. This year’s Fifi ceremony will be held on April 3 in New York City.

VALERIE STEELE PRESENTS PAPER AT SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCE
On February 23, Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, presented a paper on “Fashion and Globalization” at Design Indaba 09, in Cape Town, South Africa. Design Indaba is an annual, three-day conference gathering leading creative thinkers in all disciplines of design. For more information, visit www.designindaba.com.

FIT IN THE SOCIETY PAGES
The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industry’s (EFFI) annual awards
dinner—this year honoring Polo Ralph Lauren president, Roger N. Farah, and held at Cipriani 42nd Street—was featured in the “Evening Hours” section of the January 29, 2006, Sunday edition of The New York Times.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES PROFESSOR HOSTS LATIN AMERICAN POETRY READING
Madeline Millan, assistant professor, Foreign Languages, will both host a poetry reading of Latin American writers and read from her own work at the Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, New York City) on March 13, from 6 – 8 pm. Professor Millan is a published and anthologized poet and short story writer, and is editor and publisher of Entreextremos, a Latin American film magazine. This event costs $6 (includes one house drink) and is open to the general public.

FINE ARTS PROFESSOR’S SOLO SHOW
Nancy Hagin, assistant professor, Fine Arts, is exhibiting her recent watercolors at Line of Vision, a solo show at the Fischbach Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue at 25 Street, in New York City. The show runs through March 11. For more information, visit www.fischbachgallery.com, or contact the gallery, info@fischbachgallery.com,
212 759.2345.

MUSEUM AT FIT EMPLOYEE EXHIBITS IN TWO GROUP SHOWS
Tom Irizarry, The Museum at FIT, recently exhibited two new oil paintings. "Breathe’s Minion" was shown in the Holiday Invitational group show, which ran from December 12, 2005, through January 8, 2006, at the Bleecker Street Gallery, in New York City. "In Profound Solitude the Path Was Clear" was shown in the Salamagundi Art Club Members Exhibition, which ran from January 7 through February 10 at the Salamagundi Art Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York City. For more information, visit www.tomirizarry.com, or contact Mr. Irizarry, 75811, thomas_irizarry@fitnyc.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, 2006
Human Resources has announced the following deadlines for Staff Development Program applications: March 24, 2006, and June 30, 2006. The Staff Development Program offers eligible FIT staff the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge through participation in off-campus events such as conferences, symposia, and classes. With college-funded support, employees may take part in activities that enhance their technical and professional skills related to their roles at FIT. Program details—including application review, funding, and deadlines—can be found on InsideFIT (click here). For more information, contact Anthony Rizzo, Human Resources, anthony_rizzo@fitnyc.edu.

STAIRWAY TO THE STARS: FIT REWARD AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM
Human Resources has launched its Rewards and Recognition program, Stairway to the Stars, with informational brochures, “thank you” forms, drop-in boxes, and supervisor guidelines distributed throughout the campus. Stairway to the Stars is a three-tiered program, with prizes ranging from chocolate bars to free movie tickets to a luncheon hosted by President Joyce F. Brown, designed to salute employees who exhibit customer service excellence. All FIT faculty and staff are encouraged to submit “thank you” forms, honoring instances of exceptional service from their colleagues, and may do so online, at any drop-in box, via email at rewards@fitnyc.edu, or by mail, Attn: Rewards and Recognition, Human Resources, 236 West 27 Street, 11th floor. For more information, or to nominate an employee, visit www3.fitnyc.edu/rewards.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT ONLINE
Human Resources (HR) is pleased to announce that the updated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is now online at the HR website (click here). In the table of contents, clicking on a section title will take you directly to that section of the CBA. Searching for words or phrases by using the “Find” and “Find Next” tools (listed under the “Edit” menu on the toolbar) will take you to the instances of those words and phrases within the text. Paper copies of the CBA have been distributed throughout the campus via interoffice mail. Copies will also be available in the HR and United College Employees (UCE) of FIT offices. For more information, contact Delica Reduque, HR, delica_reduque@fitnyc.edu.

NEW WEI WORKSHOPS, MARCH 2006
The New Working with Electronic Information (WEI) Group offers computing programs and skills to all FIT faculty and staff, in the interest of a more interconnected college community. Workshops’ dates and times are listed at www3.fitnyc.edu/thenewwei. For more information or to register, contact Patricia McGillin, Human Resources, 75611, patricia_mcgillin@fitnyc.edu.

EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM SPRING 2006 EXERCISE CLASSES
The Employee Wellness Program offers free lunchtime exercise classes to all faculty and staff. The spring 2006 session begins February 6, and runs through May 19. Classes are led by qualified instructors, and are open exclusively to FIT employees. No reservations are necessary, and interested participants may attend as many classes as they wish. To register for a gym locker, contact Lois Guzofsky, Health and Physical Education, Room AX13, 77724. To purchase a $6 portable roll-up mat, contact Benefits, 75610. Class schedule is as follows:
Mondays: Pilates Mat Class, 12 – 1 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Tuesdays: Body Toning, 1 – 2 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)
Wednesdays: Fitness Center, 12 – 1 pm, Fitness Center (BX13)
Thursdays: Yoga, 1 – 2 pm, Dance Studio (BX28)
Fridays: Body Toning/Pilates, 1 – 2 pm, Auxiliary Gym (AX39)



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